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Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse

(Goth Girl #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  2,984 ratings  ·  478 reviews
Meet Ada Goth. She lives in Ghastly-Gorm Hall with her father, Lord Goth, lots of servants and at least half a dozen ghosts, but she hasn't got any friends to explore her enormous, creepy house with.

Then, one night, everything changes when Ada meets a ghostly mouse called Ishmael. Together they set out to solve the mystery of the strange happenings at Ghastly-Gorm Hall, an
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Hardcover, 220 pages
Published September 12th 2013 by Macmillan Children's Books
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Joey Woolfardis
Ada Goth lives in Ghastly-Gorm Hall with her father whom she barely sees or talks to, Lord Goth, along with lots of servants and several ghosts. Each day she trudges around Ghastly-Gorm Hall in ginormous boots because her father believes that children should be "heard and not seen". One night, Ada wakes up to the sound of a ghost mouse squeaking and they both set out to explore the mysterious goings on...

Not gonna lie, this was a cover-buy and I'm so glad of it. I first heard of Chris Riddell th
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Anna
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
an inspired masterpiece

meet Goth Girl, daughter of Lord Goth, who happens to be a lonely widower, mourning for his long dead lovely wife and can't stand to face his daughter - yeah, it reminds of the Secret Garden! Throughout the book you will find plenty of references from well known books plus a story well said by its own!

Also, the edition is amazing (I read the one with the purple pages!!!)

I will absolutely read the next book as well!
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Stacey (prettybooks)
Chris Riddell is one of my favourite illustrators, and Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse is the first book I've read that's both written and illustrated by him. It's gorgeous, with wonderful pictures, silver foil, shiny purple edges, and a tiny book hidden at the back. But the story inside is also stunning!

Ada Goth lives in the beautifully elaborate Ghastly-Gorm Hall. She shares her home with almost absent father and famous cycling poet, Lord Goth. Ada is content, although she would love to hav
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Sassy Sedusa
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I chose this book because I wanted to read a book with a goth character. I checked this book out from the library and I was stunned at how beautiful the book looked. The story was fun and wonderful as well.
Roya
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good
In case I haven't said it enough times, The Edge Chronicles is my favourite series ever. I love it way more than Harry Potter (yes I went there). I first read it about six years ago and again last year. I won't be surprised if I do it again one day. Chris Riddell's illustrations make the story even richer for me, so to read a book that he didn't just illustrate but also wrote is plain awesome.



Illustrations from Clash of the Sky Galleons.

I got this as a birthday present last year from a Goodreads
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Kimberley doruyter
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
a quick and wonderful story, amazing drawing.
perfect for bedtimes.
and the extra story so cute.
Calista
I love this book. This is a series I want to own. The Illustrations are wonderful with a gothic flair, everything is wild and frenetic. The characters are all quirky which is where I live. This could easily be a Tim Burton movie a la Beetlejuice or Nightmare before Christmas. How often is there a hobby horse race in a book. Ada wears some excellent cloths too, I wouldn't mind raiding her closet. This story is whimsical and a little creepy and I totally root for Ada. Plus, the house is pretty awe ...more
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse is one of the best children's books I've read this year. Possibly *the* best. Aside from its truly beautiful presentation, it's a fantastic gothic story with unusual characters, clever writing and amazing illustrations. The whole package really is a work of art.

Ada Goth lives in Ghastly-Gorm Hall with her strange father, Lord Goth, numerous ghosts and an array of servants. One night the ghost of a mouse called Ishmael shows up, explaining that he'd been killed
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Sophie Crane
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-in-h-f
This is one of the most BEAUTIFUL books I've ever come across, with dazzling metallic and rich purple edged pages, with a lovely designed hardback cover!

The full title for this book is `Goth Girl And The Ghost Of A Mouse', but to be honest, I don't really know why the mouse part has been included as it's very misleading; it would in my opinion have been much better to have been simply called `Goth Girl' as this is really who the story is about - the mouse hardly features at all, and for a good p
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Arie
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Everything about this book is gorgeous. The metallic purple page edges; the perfectly gaudy, glittery shiny silver skull patterned end-papers; the "footnotes" written by a famous foot; the little mouse memoirs in a mini book tucked into the back; and of course Riddell's perfect illustrations throughout.

To be honest, I'm not even sure if this had a plot. It doesn't even matter. It's more of an exquisite line-up of progressively odder and more wonderful characters, with a few threads tying it all
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Tina
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is absolutely amazing! I love Chris Riddell and the book as a whole is another masterpiece of his! Stunningly beautiful, super cute and an amazing children's story, I highly recommend and you give this a read. ...more
Marie the Librarian
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
I loved this. The references are epic and the illustrations are stunning.
Gemma ♕ Bookish Gems
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a weird, fantastical, adorable read and I loved it!
Lisa
Actual rating is 3.5 stars

Whilst this is not the best children's book I have ever read, it was entertaining and a quick and easy read. There was also a lot of fun to be had in spotting the numerous references to other works of literature and popular culture which are dotted throughout the text. It's also a really aesthetically pleasing book complete with foil end papers, shiny purple-edged pages, some great illustrations and a separate memoir at the end written by the titular ghost mouse.
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Nima Kohandani
Illustrations: 5
The story: maybe 3.

a linear plot without any particularly exciting stuff.
Roxana Chirilă
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a delight. With children's books, you never know exactly what you might get - sometimes, they're stories that children love, but adults don't really feel. At other times, they're stories of adventure which sound very dangerous and irresponsible to adults. But "Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse" is charming. The plot is simple, but it works, and the details are the ones that give it charm.

It's an illustrated book, and I have to say, Chris Riddell's art is an absolute delight. His c
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Mia  Bakhthiar
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was just such a beautiful read! The illustrations, as all Ridell's drawings are, are magnificent. The book itself was so beautifully put together; the shiny purple pages, the decorative skull printed pages, and especially the pocket of a mini-sized book in the end!

The story was so engaging and adorable. I loved the characters, and the general atmosphere. What struck me most was perhaps the prose, which I really liked, because to me, it was vaguely reminiscent of Lemony Snicket's style of w
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Αταλάντη Ευριπίδου
Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant and one of the most beautiful and well-done editions I've read in a long while. I seldom read children's literature but, when I do, I like to read the sort that do not consider young readers stupid. "Goth Girl" is definitely among those and I adored every wonderful, funny page of it and every candy-goth illustration. ...more
Mona
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
The stunning appearance of this book drew me to it. Beautiful and cleverly drawn illustrations. For anyone young and older who's interested in gothic literature, this is for you! ...more
Macklin
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: booksiown
I love all the literary allusions. Another smart and fun tale by Chris Riddell. I can't wait to read more. ...more
Kristina
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If I could I would give it more than 5 stars. I am so in love with Chris' artwork and his writing style! Ada is an amazing independent strong female character! Love it! ...more
Sherrie
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
How can you not love this quirky book with its sparkly purple page edges and fab black and white illustrations. Its a good story for children, clever jokes that may be appreciated more by adults but great fun and different to more traditional children's fiction. ...more
Louise
Nov 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, fantasy
Ada Goth lives in Ghastly-Gorm Hall with her father, servants and a few ghosts. Ada’s father likes to keep himself to himself even when it comes to his daughter, he makes her wear clumpy shoes so he can hear her coming. Ada is very much alone in this huge mansion style house until one evening she meets a ghost in the form of a Mouse called Ishmael. Ishmael informs Ada that he was killed by a Mouse trap and that he is to roam the hall for all eternity. Together they go and investigate the rooms i ...more
Drew Tuá
May 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
It was fun and amazing illustrations! <3
Svetlana
The illustrations are brilliant! And the story itself with all the references is wonderful!
Peter
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
A fantastic little book with many references , puns and allusions to many things that the adults will love. Beautifully illustrated.

Enjoyed this enough to go straight for the next one.
Mary
Nov 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: juvenile
I don't appreciate books that try too hard to be quirky. ...more
Shatterlings
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-tbr
This is a cute entertaining children’s book with enough jokes and wordplay to keep adults entertained, the illustrations are fun.
MaRy-Lou
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I buy every book illustrated by Chris Riddell, but the Ada Goth series is definitely my favorite. Had a lot of fun reading this gothic story.
H. Daley
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Entertaining with lovely illustrations. Some of the illusions made will be completely lost on the intended young teenage audience but I enjoyed them!
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Chris Riddell was born in Cape Town, South Africa, where his father was an Anglican priest and a member of the ANC. The family moved to England in 1963, when Riddell was one year old, and he spent his childhood in a number of different locations, as his father moved between parishes. Both of Riddell's parents continued to be active in the anti-apartheid movement.

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